After Mufti pitches for Sharda Peeth, Pakistan says ‘considering proposals’

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Srinagar: A day after former chief minister and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti pitched both India and Pakistan to facilitate Sharda Peeth pilgrimage in Kashmir, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the proposal is in consideration.

Khan was speaking to Indian journalists about the ground-breaking foundation of Kartarpur corridor on Wednesday, where he said that the corridor has been received very positively in Pakistan.

“There is a consensus in Pakistan for peace, don’t think of it as desperation for peace,” he told reporters, while also adding that he has intentions to promote religious tourism mentioning the discovery of a 40ft statue of Buddha near the capital city Islamabad.

He told that Pakistan is also considering the proposals to open the Sharda Peeth in Kashmir, Katasraj and few other Hindu shrines as well.

Sharda Peeth has ruins of a temple to Hindu goddess Saraswati (also known as Sharda) in the Neelam Valley in Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK), around 150 km from Muzaffarabad.

Mufti had said that Kartarpur is a great example of how religion can bring people together instead of dividing them. “It is a path envisioned by PDP founder Mufti Sb to end the turmoil in Kashmir. #SelfRule. After Kartarpur, Delhi and Pakistan must facilitate Sharda Peeth pilgrimage for Kashmiris,’’ Mufti had tweeted.

Calling Kartarpur corridor a new “beginning of reconciliation” between the two neighbors, Mufti had said that “we cannot change our borders but let us make them irrelevant by facilitating trade and encouraging people to people contact. This will usher in peace & progress for both India and Pakistan.”

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